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Jury to weigh ex-school head's lawsuit against writer Sparks

In this Feb. 1, 2016, file photo, novelist Nicholas Sparks attends a special screening in Los Angeles. Photo: AP/ Richard Shotwell/Invision
In this Feb. 1, 2016, file photo, novelist Nicholas Sparks attends a special screening in Los Angeles.

Updated: August 21, 2019 07:44 AM

A jury will decide whether the former head of a private Christian school that novelist Nicholas Sparks founded in his North Carolina hometown was unjustly fired, then defamed when the author said the educator suffered from mental illness.

Attorneys are expected to summarize their evidence Wednesday before jurors begin deliberating whether Saul Hillel Benjamin resigned or was pushed out. Jurors also will decide whether Sparks, his foundation and Epiphany School of Global Studies owe Benjamin money.

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